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My favorite thing about this character is that she is diabolical. She is really cruel and vicious and doesn't apologize for it. She's quite fun to play. I don't see any resemblance to pretty much any character I've ever played because I usually end up playing someone with their heart in the right place. But I've been doing this for 33 years, and it's fun to finally get to play a different type of role after all this time. It's quite liberating.

—Gabrielle Anwar src

Gabrielle Anwar is the English actress who portrays Rapunzel Tremaine and Victoria Belfrey on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


Anwar was born on February 4, 1970[2] in Laleham, Surrey.[1] Her mother, Shirley Hills, is an actress, and her father, Tariq Anwar, is an award-winning film producer and editor.[3] Her paternal grandmother was an Austrian Jew, while her paternal grandfather was Indian.[4] Anwar attended Laleham C of E Primary and Middle School from 1975 to 1982; an end-of-term St Trinian's sketch in the school concert of 1982 gave an early indication of her theatrical leanings. She studied drama and dance at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Anwar's acting début was in the British miniseries Hideaway. She made her film début in Manifesto, which was followed by more British television productions including First Born, Summer's Lease, Press Gang, and The Mysteries of the Dark Jungle. While working on films and television in London, she met American actor Craig Sheffer, and moved with him to Hollywood. Anwar and Sheffer have co-starred in a number of American films together, such as In Pursuit of Honor, The Grave, Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal and Flying Virus.[5]

Her first American film was If Looks Could Kill, in which she played the daughter of a murdered British agent (played by Roger Daltrey). In 1992, she made a guest appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 as Tricia Kinney. She followed that with the films Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (inspired by A Girl and Five Brave Horses), Body Snatchers, For Love or Money, The Three Musketeers, and Things to do in Denver When You're Dead.[5] In 1994, People magazine named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.[6]

One of her most memorable moments on screen came in 1992's Scent of a Woman, when she danced a tango with Al Pacino, whose character was blind.[5]

Anwar appeared in the television series John Doe and acted in The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines. Anwar played Princess Margaret, sister of King Henry VIII, on Showtime's The Tudors in 2007. She later played Fiona Glenanne in the long-running television series Burn Notice. In 2008, Anwar made an appearance as Eva Sintzel, a woman trying to get pregnant through the fictitious Hudson Cryobank in the Law & Order: SVU episode "Inconceivable".[5] She also played Eddie's (Johnny Depp) girlfriend in the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Into the Great Wide Open music video.


  • After her character's death in "Secret Garden", Gabrielle Anwar is no longer credited as a starring cast member.
    • However, she is still credited on the press releases until "Sisterhood".
  • Was considered for the female lead in Titanic.[7]


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